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DIFFERENT STROKES: The front row at the Givenchy men’s show in Paris on Friday made for an improbable meeting of musical styles.
Killing time before the display, Primal Scream front man Bobby Gillespie made small talk with French classical pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. “Do you write your own music?” he enquired. Katia Labèque explained they play a classical repertoire that will appear on their upcoming album “Sisters,” set for release Aug. 28.
“It’s a mix of pieces that have been with us at various times of our lives, or that are still with us practically since childhood, from the first piece we played with four hands when we were six and eight years old to things that we play now,” she said.
“I’m open to all music,” mused Gillespie. “If something is really beautiful, then it’s beautiful. I don’t try to put things into categories or say that these ladies are classical and I’m rock ’n’ roll. You can say that, but at heart, if we played together, I’m sure we would write something good. I’m sure we would find some common ground.”
Further down the row, disco queen Amanda Lear revealed that she finally indulged in her real musical passion with “My Happiness,” her recent album of Elvis Presley cover songs. It turns out her first ever single was a cover of “Trouble” from the soundtrack of “King Creole.”
“But then my record company told me, ‘Oh no, you have to do disco.’ I said, ‘Disco? You’re pissing me off with disco,’” she recalled. “I’m finally indulging myself. At last, I’m doing what I wanted to do all along, and it only took 30 years.”
Fresh off the release of his debut album “Sweet Disarray” in March, Dan Croll was gearing up for a tour of the U.K., Europe and the U.S. in October and November. The British singer-songwriter was attending his first fashion show.
“I think I’m in the deep end here,” he said with a smile. “It’s really important to have a connection between designers and musicians. It’s a good bond to have, really, so I’m just kind of branching out, I suppose.”
Rounding off the eclectic guest list were Russell Westbrook, Victor Cruz and Salim Kechiouche.